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== Orthodox arguments from Church Councils ==
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{{Seealso|Ancient church councils (pre-ecumenical)}}
* Not one [[Ecumenical Council]] was called by a pope; all were called by [[List of Byzantine emperors|Byzantine emperors]]. Had the teaching of primacy formed part of [[Sacred Tradition|Holy Tradition]], then such power would have been exercised to resolve the many disputes in the [[History of early Christianity|early history of the church]].
* A general council may overrule decisions of the Roman Pontiff
* Decisions taken by popes in cases involving against bishops have often been confirmed by ecumenical councils. This indicates that the papal decision itself is not considered binding.
 
See also [[Ancient church councils (pre-ecumenical )]].
 
=== First Ecumenical Council ===
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